Green Tea Optimizes Oral Health

This is part of our ongoing The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging spotlight. Each day, we will be posting some of the great information that’s packed into our book, The Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging.

Today’s topic:
Tea Optimizes Oral Health

Wouldn’t it be great if something you put into your mouth actually made it healthier? Look no further – just drink green tea. The phytonutrients in teas, especially green teas, are partially absorbed through the soft tissues of the oral cavity and “attach” to every surface, including the surfaces of the teeth. Research has shown that tea phytonutrients keep tooth surfaces clean and healthy and the tiny amount of fluoride in tea helps strengthen tooth enamel.33 Even more impressively, a study using hamsters showed that consuming tea enhanced dental health and tooth integrity.34 The composition of human teeth and hamster teeth is similar – so when it comes to a healthy mouth, tea consumption appears to have great potential.

There can be no doubt – for good health and healthy aging, green tea and green tea catechins are among your strongest allies.

Next Best Kept Secrets to Healthy Aging topic:
A Word about Black Tea

References:
33. Yu, H., Oho, T., Xu, L. X. Effects of several tea components on acid resistance of human tooth enamel. J Dent 1995;13:101-105.
34. Linke HA, LeGeros RZ. Black tea extract and dental caries formation in hamsters. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2003;54:89-95.


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